On Our Screens: Carmen (1983)

Film: Carmen

Year: 1983

Country: Spain

Director: Carlos Saura

Starring: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Cristina Hoyo


Choreographer Antonio is looking for the perfect lead for his Flamenco adaptation of the “Carmen,” the tragedy first penned by novella writer Prosper Mérimée and later immortalized by opera composer George Bizet.

For Antonio, the foremost quality of the ideal candidate isn’t artistic excellence or Flamenco skill. Rather, his Carmen should possess an amorous and passionate temperament, as well as an exotic beautiful face.

When Antonio encounters a mesmerizing dancer named Carmen, he does not realize that their common destiny slowly mirrors that of the fictional Don Jose and the gypsy with whom he falls in love.

Carlos Saura’s 1983 film is the second part of his Flamenco trilogy that began with Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding) and followed by El amor brujo (Love, the Magician).  This “Carmen” is a must-see – whether you’re a Flamenco fan or not.


Rating (one to five whistles, five being the best): Four-and-a-half whistles


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